Marvel has finally unveiled the director for their long rumored 'Doctor Strange' project. Scott Derrickson — best known for horror films like 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' and 'Deliver Us From Evil' and
'The Day The Earth Stood Still' remake — may seem an odd choice for a Marvel movie. But Doctor Strange is no ordinary hero.
Of course, not many people know that. Even more obscure to the masses than Iron Man was prior to Robert Downey Jr. suiting up in 2008, Stephen Strange exists on the periphery of superhero knowledge. Other than stalwart comic readers, most of us have only a hazy idea this guy does magic and is loosely caricatured as Doctor Orpheus in 'The Venture Bros.'
Did you know he was an arrogant neurosurgeon prior to losing his livelihood in a car accident? Or that he gained his powers from Earth's Supreme Sorcerer in the Himalayas while 'finding himself'? Or that he deals with Lovecraftian Cthulhu-like creatures on the regular? Or literally goes to Hell to rescue Doctor Von Doom's mother? (Side note: Are they just passing out doctorates like damn Tic-Tacs in the Marvel Universe?) Because I didn't until I fell down the Wikipedia rabbit hole last night and I consider myself pretty versed in comic book lore. But Doctor Strange was just never on my radar…probably because he was in the Dark Dimension, the sneaky shit.
So if even we superhero nerds can't tell you anything much about Strange without resorting to GoogleFu, what does that leave us with? A guy sporting a goatee and a cape, flying around the universe and saving the world from eldritch horrors. Basically, he looks like 'Iron Man 2.0: The Magicking.' Which is a perfect opportunity for Marvel to shake things up.
Real talk. The 'Avengers' are hella white (and male but that's another post). We've got Idris Elba kicking ass as Heimdall and Anthony Mackie owning it as The Falcon and Samuel L. Jackson turning Nick Fury into a household name. Annnnnd…that's about it. There is absolutely no reason Doctor Strange has to be another middle aged white dude trying to find his place in the world. In fact, a non-white Stephen Strange would be a breathe of fresh air. A successful, wealthy, self-centered, arrogant jerk who loses everything and becomes the man he was meant to be shouldn't be a story arc contained to one phenotype.
After the jump, check out 9 actors who would make an amazing Stephen Strange.
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Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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